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Site plan approved for Hy-Vee grocery store

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

ASHWAUBENON – A site plan for an Iowa-based supermarket chain to have a retail grocery store inside the former Shopko at the Bay Park Square was approved Tuesday, Jan. 4, by the village’s Site Plan Review Committee.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said Hy-Vee will maintain the building’s existing footprint of 125,000 square feet with some façade improvements.

He said there will be two drive-thru locations on the buildings north side, one for a “click and pick,” where groceries ordered online may be picked up, and the other for the pharmacy.

Schuette said the west side of the building facing Oneida Street will have a patio on the south end for a bar and food court area. 

He said an added condition of approval calls for Hy-Vee and Simon Property Group, which manages the shopping mall, to continue working on parking lot details. 

Schuette said Hy-Vee will have to submit a separate sign permit application for review and amending the planned unit development, if necessary.

“The site plan review does not take into account the signage,” he said. “The signage will be separately permitted and any approvals beyond that, as necessary.”

John Brehm, Hy-Vee’s director of site planning, said in December the company plans to open the grocery store this fall.

“Typical hours of operation are 6 a.m. to midnight,” Brehm said. “We anticipate that the store will employ 100 full-time employees and 300 part-time employees.”

The Village Board previously approved a Class B Beer/Class B Liquor license for a bar/food hall/patio area at that location.

The company also applied for a Class A Beer/Class A Liquor license to accommodate sales of wine and spirits in the grocery store for off-premise consumption of alcohol.

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